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Jane Eyre | [Charlotte Brontë]

Jane Eyre

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.
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The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

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    Rebecca Greenwood, IN, United States 02-25-13
    Rebecca Greenwood, IN, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A classic story, read well."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed hearing the book read by a narrator who had a British accent. It added to the story for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 07-22-12
    Robin 07-22-12

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "will remind you why this is a classic"

    this is such a beautiful story, and the audiobook narration is very well done. a definite recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 01-18-11
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 01-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    I never thought I could make it through a Bronte book but this was an absolute delight to listen to. Highly recommend it!

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    David 09-05-11
    David 09-05-11 Member Since 2012

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    "The Brontes loved their bad boys"

    I approached Jane Eyre as a sort of literary castor oil, something I knew I should read one of these days but didn't feel much enthusiasm for. I already knew the basic story, and I'm really not into wish-fulfillment women's fiction, even if it is classic Victorian literature. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it.

    A modern editor would probably have cut much of the last third of the book, in which Jane flees from Thornfield Hall after learning Mr. Rochester's deep dark secret, and then spends many chapters with her new family, the Rivers, and not much happens except that a fortune falls into her lap, she has to entertain a marriage proposal, and then she goes off to find Rochester again and discovers him conveniently widowed and in need of an angelic woman to nurse him back to health. So they live happily ever after, the end.

    Okay, there are some more details to the last part of the book that make it worth reading, like the studied contrast between the good and noble but cold and severe St. John Rivers and the hot-blooded romantic bad boy Edward Rochester. I did not like Rochester; he's not as horrible as Heathcliff, the romantic bad boy created by Charlotte's sister Emily in Wuthering Heights, but I think both Bronte sisters had some seriously warped ideas about what made a man desirable. Crazily, passionately in love with you and otherwise amoral and willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets between you? Yes, you can probably blame the Brontes in part for this trope that persists in romantic fantasies to this day. Jane Eyre is totally wish-fulfillment for women who want a Rochester or a Heathcliff to obsess over them. But it's a classic and well-written and while I wouldn't say Charlotte Bronte's understanding of human nature was particularly broad or even enlightened, she had a fine eye for the detailed personalities of her small cast of characters in the little world she created.

    So, is Jane Eyre worth reading? Definitely.

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    Willingham AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-28-15
    Willingham AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2005
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    "An absolute delight!"

    Wonderful to revisit Jane Eyre again as an adult. So beautifully written and performed. Now, onto the next classic!

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    grannyolga 06-19-15
    grannyolga 06-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "J Stevens is an exceptional narrator."

    Even though I had read this book often before, J Stevens' narration makes it seem fresh and new. I'm off to find more books she's narrated!

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    Maggie Fort Bragg, NC 06-18-15
    Maggie Fort Bragg, NC 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book. Excellent narration."

    I loved the last line of the book, especially considering the times... the final times... we live in now. Overall, excellently done.

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    Jolene Stratton Parowan, Utah USA 05-19-15
    Jolene Stratton Parowan, Utah USA 05-19-15

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    "love, love!"

    Really great story line. Anticipation, heartbreak, deception...all leading to a wonderful ending!

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    Tracie W. Denga Central Valley, CA 04-28-15
    Tracie W. Denga Central Valley, CA 04-28-15
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    Talks to slow, I played it on x3 the whole time, otherwise really good though. Over all very good thanks.

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    jennifer 04-27-15
    jennifer 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    Loved this recording! I could not tear myself away! Jane Eyre is a masterpiece. Beautifully read, as always, by Juliet Stevenson. A must-listen!


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  • Andy Watters
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    "Millie.mol"

    I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would after seeing dramatisations. The book was well rounded and addictive. All of this was enhanced by the reader Juliet Stephenson, one of my favourites.

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  • Lydia
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    "a joy to listen to"

    wonderfully narrated, it was extremely easy to listen to. A beautiful story well read, a joy to listen to

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  • Sally Alp
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    "Unconditional love!"

    An absolute read. These books are Classical for a reason. Love and life are exactly the same which ever era it is.

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  • Kiara
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    "Jane Eyre A love story"

    This book held me in utter suspense, the love of two carried me along with them, and as a silent shadow I followed Jane's journey as if it was my own.
    I found Juliet Stevenson easy to listen to , Her description and delivery of this story excellent, so much so that I will now look for other books narrated by her.
    Charlotte Bronte I am now eager to read more books written by this amazing author, and I would fully recommend Jane Eyre .

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  • Mr
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    "true romance"

    Really enjoyed listening to the highs and lows in this truly romantic tale. I don't normally like romance but loved this.

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  • maugan todd
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    I get a great deal of pleasure from listening to the reading of Juliet Stevenson here narrative is expressive and she creates each character so that one can recognise that person immediately it is most enjoyable.
    I hope to purchase many more books read by her.

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  • KathrynS
    Beijing, China
    1/30/15
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    "There is a reason this book is a classic!"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) again? Why?

    I get something new out of this novel every time I read it. If you read this book in school, and hated it, give it another chance! This is a beautifully written and engaging book, that challenges assumptions about the role of women in society at that time. It is a gothic romance that carries the reader through its luscious narrative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    The scene in the red room is fantastically narrated.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Juliet Stevenson always seems to fully engage with the narrative, clearly defines each character, and maintains this throughout the novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The unexpected meeting with the Rivers family, and its consequences, is my favourite part and shows Jane's strength and determination in the face of adversity, and in defiance of a strong personality.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! It is a beautifully read classic, and you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silja Timuska
    London, UK
    1/8/15
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    "love the story"

    I love this book. I have read it about 3 times, watched the BBC serises and this audio book does not disappoint.

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  • Sharon Hall
    11/13/14
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    "Juliet Stevenson was outstanding"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) again? Why?

    Yes - an enchanting experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was superb - it brought this classic to life.
    I have managed to reach my point in life without having either read the book or seen the film - hard to believe I know. However, I found this tale timeless and so beautifully written. I am inspired to listen to more of the same - and I could listen to Juliet Stevenson read the weather!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many many many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - bit by bit - savoured.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    London
    9/9/14
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    "A classic"
    What did you like most about Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    The protagonist is vividly portrayed and very relatable, and the plot is at once thrilling and moving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    The culmination of Bertha's storyline.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    She is, as always, brilliant. One of the best readers of audiobooks.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did grow very fond of the protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance of Juliet Stevenson makes the characters seem more alive and adds greatly to the listener's enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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